Corpus Christi Birth Injury Lawyers
Helping Clients Through Difficult Birth Injury Matters
Birth injuries occur for numerous reasons. Sometimes they are the result of birth defects, complications, or unforeseeable maternal illness. Other times, they are the result of substandard care. In fact, the most common cause of birth injuries is a negligent healthcare provider. When a doctor or nurse fails to properly monitor you and your child, mishandles labor, or is too forceful when delivering, you and your child can experience devastating injuries.
At Brown, Christie & Green, our Corpus Christi birth injury lawyers are skilled at managing birth injury cases. We have helped many clients with birth injury cases involving a negligent healthcare provider. These cases are often complex, which is why you need our team of skilled lawyers on your side.
Negligent healthcare providers should be held accountable for their actions.
Healthcare providers are required to follow certain standards of care. That includes how they manage labor and delivery, and how they make decisions about treatment or care. When healthcare providers deviate from these standards they put your life at risk, and violate your right to quality and safe healthcare.
If you or your child have suffered a birth injury and you want to learn more about the responsibilities of healthcare providers, or how to get compensation for your injuries and losses, contact Brown, Christie & Green to speak with one of our Corpus Christi birth injury lawyers.
- Failure to order a Cesarean in emergent situations
- Failure to monitor fetal vital signs
- Failure to monitor maternal vital signs
- Ineffective communication between healthcare team
- Failure to properly monitor bilirubin levels after birth
Your family deserves legal guidance from birth injury attorneys who care about you and your best interests.
Why Bilirubin Levels are So Important after Birth
If you are a parent, there is no doubt that you are familiar with many conditions that may affect your child, including jaundice, a common condition affecting newborns and infants. In this article, we discuss what you should know about bilirubin encephalopathy (BE), a condition stemming from severe jaundice also known as kenicterus.
What is Jaundice?
Jaundice occurs when bilirubin levels in the infant’s blood are elevated. Most commonly diagnosed after observing the infant’s skin or eyes being yellowed, jaundice is most often considered an easily treatable condition with few risks. However, when jaundice is not properly diagnosed or treated, bilirubin levels may increase to a dangerous level, resulting in development of conditions like BE. Remember, severe jaundice may be diagnosed as kenicterus, or sometimes hyperbilirubinemia.
What is Bilirubin Encephalopathy?
BE is a neurological condition occurring in infants, particularly newborns. Though it is considered a rare condition, BE should be a concern for parents and caregivers when jaundice is diagnosed. BE causes the infant’s immune system to become compromised, resulting in bilirubin not properly moving through the bloodstream. Bilirubin may then migrate to tissue outside the bloodstream, particularly in the brain. This results in BE.
What Causes Bilirubin Encephalopathy?
While jaundice is often a natural occurrence in newborns and infants, BE is something of an anomaly, and can be caused by non-natural factors. For example, if your newborn exhibits signs of jaundice but his or her doctor does not diagnose it or treat it in a timely manner, it can increase in severity to BE, putting your baby at risk. Further, if your infant’s healthcare provider does not realize the severity of jaundice or BE, or other conditions that may exacerbate the situation, your infant may be placed at risk for a wide variety of dangerous side effects.
What Can I do if My Child has Been Injured?
In addition to exploring your options for the best healthcare possible, you may also find it helpful to seek legal guidance. You and your child have the right to quality healthcare that meets the standards of the medical practice, and the law. When these standards are not met, your legal rights may have been violated and your child may have been injured as a result. This is never acceptable.
At Brown, Christie & Green, our team of medical malpractice attorneys has successfully litigated numerous cases involving birth injuries, medical malpractice, and medical negligence. Let us help you protect your rights and find options that will help your family move forward after a devastating, needless injury.